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The Magnificent 7: Must See, Must Do, November 5 to 11


Published November 5, 2020 at 5:30 a.m.

"Lonely little minefields" by Alice Dodge - COURTESY OF THE ARTIST
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  • "Lonely little minefields" by Alice Dodge

1. Dueling Ideas

Can craft, creativity and pattern coexist with high culture, mass production and chaos? Visual artist Alice Dodge explores the juxtaposition of these concepts in her solo show at Montpelier cooperative gallery the Front. "Wallflowers"opens with a limited occupancy in-person reception on Friday, November 6, and remains on view through November 29. Learn more about Dodge and her work during a virtual artist talk on Wednesday, November 18.

2. Artistic Expression

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  • DJ Craig Mitchell
Vermont's arts scene is truly something to celebrate. A three-part online series spotlights creative individuals from various fields — think theater, music, poetry, visual art and dance. Dubbed Unfiltered Spirits, the series kicks off  on Thursday, November 5, at 7:30 p.m. with appearances by sculptor Shirley Reid, jazz poet Namaya and singer Lauren Larken Scuderi, as well as signature Vermont cocktails. DJ Craig Mitchell keeps the energy high as host of this free Smart Artist Vermont presentation. Preregister to watch via Youtube or Zoom.

3. Book Club

'Master of One' by Jaida Jones & Dani Bennett - COURTESY OF HARPERTEEN
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  • 'Master of One' by Jaida Jones & Dani Bennett
Sinister sorcery, gallows humor and queer romance populate the pages of Master of One, the debut young adult novel by co-authors and real-life partners Jaida Jones and Dani Bennett. The Brooklyn-based wordsmiths hop on Zoom for a chat with fellow YA fiction writer Emily X.R. Pan about their fantasy tale that follows the thief Rags and an ancient fae prince called Shining Talon. The free talk hosted by Phoenix Books starts at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, November 10.

4. Bee Movie

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  • 'The Pollinators'
"Through the medium of cinematography, we celebrate the diversity and joy of humanity, and the powerful influence of place on our lives," reads the Woodstock Vermont Film Series website. For its 11th annual season, the series goes virtual, offering 15 eye-opening films for online viewing through mid-April. The first is The Pollinators, a 2019 documentary offering multiple perspectives on the threats facing honey bees. Purchase a pass to watch the picture from home between Friday, November 6, and Sunday, November 8.

5. Oldies But Goodies

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Vintage shopping is one way to meld one's sustainable lifestyle with sartorial savvy. To that end, several local sellers set up shop as Collective Collective at Vintage Inspired Lifestyle Market in Burlington, proffering a curated collection of throwback jewelry, fashion and housewares. Masked browsers may stop by between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Saturday, November 7, to peruse items from local vendors FELICIA KAHL, Maison de Nicolette and Kitschy Business.

6. How Does Your Garden Grow?

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What are the challenges of promoting resilient landscapes in a changing climate? Horticulturist and Apis Garden Coaching owner Hattie White digs into this question in a morning talk presented by Women Business Owners Network Vermont. White hops online at 8:30 a.m. on Friday, November 6, for this virtual presentation, looking at rainwater management, drought stress, native plants and more.

7. Saving Grace

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  • Mike + Ruthy
"Like a superhero called to the scene of a crisis, the Mammals have returned with encouraging words of compassion and hope just when they're needed most, " wrote Jon Young in a No Depression review of the string band's 2020 album Nonet. Band leaders Ruth Ungar and Mike Merenda bring some of that sound to Green Mountain State listeners with a virtual duo performance as part of the Ripton Community Coffee House concert series. Fiddle and guitar in hand, Mike + Ruthy serve up indie-folk strains from their Hudson Valley home on Saturday, November 7, starting at 7:30 p.m.

This is just a small sampling of the state's in-person and virtual happenings in the coming days. Browse our art, calendar and music + nightlife listings for more.

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